This programme and your contribution, aim to help children from impoverished communities improve their lives by giving them a better education and improved English language skills that will drastically improve their potential employment opportunities later in life.
As an intern, you will be expected to lead by example to both the children and other volunteers, and your support and enthusiasm will encourage more children to stay in school.
The long term goals of these programmes are to attempt to combat the cycle of poverty which is so prevalent in the communities with which GVI work, while offering children the possibility of a brighter future.
*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in India, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programmes that are slightly different. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of 'Summer School' workshops for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources for future volunteer work, facilitate adult training programmes related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work at our local partners. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community this way. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the varied entertainment, food and traditions that Kerala has to offer.
How this project makes a difference:
Most jobs require the ability to speak English, but if students drop out of school they lose out on the opportunity to learn.
GVI provides English teachers and funding for the school so that the students can improve their English skills, assisting the teachers and providing the children with the required educational support so they can look towards a better future for themselves and their families.
After your initial phase of volunteering on the project, you will move onto your work placement, either with GVI or with one of our local project partners.
There will be more responsibility on you as an intern to assist with volunteers lesson planning and reporting skills, as well as your own classroom teaching and management. You will gain an insight into the coordination and running of educational workshops as well as general management and running of the projects in India.
India short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in India:
1. Increase women's opportunities in Kerala
2. Ensure healthy lives, well-being and promote opportunities and equality for those with special needs in Kerala
3. Enable the absolute development of children and young adults in Kerala by providing support and training in LSBE (life skills base education)